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Cutting Carbon Pollution Will Help Create a Healthier Planet

(12) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 11:42 AM

In June, President Obama and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled a proposal that would cut carbon pollution from electrical power generators by 30 percent compared to 2005 levels. We should applaud the Administration for taking action that would at once start to address the crisis...

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Making the Right Connections With Local Food

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 7:29 PM

Here's something to chew on: In 2010, Illinois' 76,000 farmers generated $16 billion in economic output, securing the state's position as one of the most productive growing regions in the world.

What if we could do even more?

Traditionally, Illinois has shipped much of what it grows out of the...

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The Business of Local Foods

(11) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 1:11 PM

This week I was at the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago to talk about the business of local food. The conversation focused on how USDA and other federal agencies can work together with the private sector to harness the economic potential of local food across the Midwest. Joining me were...

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